Michaël Boele van Hensbroek


Michaël Boele van Hensbroek

  • Paediatric expert
  • Professor of Global Child Health, Departments of Pediatrics and Global Health, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam
  • Infectious Disease specialist, Emma Children's Hospital, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam
  • Permanent Member of the national CCMO (Centrale Commissie Mens-gebonden Onderzoek)

Michaël Boele van Hensbroek, Professor of Global Child Health and paediatric infectious disease specialist, is a staff member of the Emma Children’s Hospital and of the Department of Global Health, Amsterdam UMC. He previously worked in Gambia (1991-1995) conducting research on the treatment of severe malaria in children. This research was based at the MRC research laboratories and was part of a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the University of Amsterdam. This was followed by a five-year (1996-2000) training period in paediatrics. In 2000 he obtained a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship to study the aetiology, pathogenesis and the outcome of severe anaemia in Malawian children. During his fellowship he was based at the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratories in Blantyre, Malawi, conducting his research and working as a consultant in Paediatrics at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. In 2005 he (as P.I.) obtained a grant from the Dutch government to develop a Research Support Centre at the University of Malawi and conduct a series of related intervention trials on severe anaemia prevention. In 2005 he returned to the Emma Children’s Hospital to become the Head of the Global Child Health Group, Paediatric Advisor for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and to complete his training in Paediatric Infectious Diseases. In 2013 he was appointed Professor in Global Child Health at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently involved in several research projects in Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya, Burkina Faso and South Sudan in the area of malaria, anaemia, HIV, nodding syndrome, fever, coma and convulsions, and research capacity building. He is a member of (and chairing) several DSMB’s and TSC’s of international multicentre studies. He chairs two committees focusing on international health at the University of Amsterdam and is a paediatric representative on the national CCMO (Centrale Commissie Mens-gebonden Onderzoek).

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Improving global child health in the light of the (old) Millennium Development Goals and the (new) Sustainable Development Goals.
Boele van Hensbroek, M, van Furth M.
Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 Aug;35(8):918-9.

Anaemia, iron deficiency and susceptibility to infection in children in sub-Saharan Africa, guideline dilemmas.
Jonker FAM., Poel te E, Bates I, Boele van Hensbroek M.
Br. J. Haematology (2017): in press

Low hepcidin levels in severely anemic malawian children with high incidence of infectious diseases and bone marrow iron deficiency.
Jonker F. A. M., Calis J.C. J., Phiri K., Kraaijenhagen R.J., Brabin B.J., Faragher B., Wiegerinck E.T., Tjalsma H., Swinkels D.W., Boele van Hensbroek M.:
PLOS ONE 8(12), 2013, p.e78964 .

Severe Anemia in Malawian children.
Calis J, Phiri K, Faragher B, Brabin B, Bates I, Cuevas L, de Haan R, Phiri A, Malange P, Khoka M, Hulshof P, Lieshout L, Beld M, Teo Y, Rockett K, Richardson A, Kwiatkowski D, Molyneux M, Boele van Hensbroek M.
New England Journal of Medicine. 2008; 358(9)12-23.

A trial of artemether or quinine in children with cerebral malaria.
Boele van Hensbroek M. Onyiorah E. Jaffar S. Schneider G. Palmer A. Frenkel J. Enwere G. Forck S. Nusmeijer A. Bennett S. Greenwood B. Kwiatkowski D.
New England Journal of Medicine 1996, 335(2):69-75.